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The Rosebush Circular Walk with Gillian Phillips


On Sunday 4th November 2018, a total of 14 Ramblers set off from Rosebush village following the forest tracks up through Pantmaenog, along the ridge up onto the Preseli's, and to the highest point in Pembrokeshire, Foel Cwm Cerwyn. Unfortunately the fabulous views that can be appreciated on a clear day were very limited due to low cloud and drizzle.

We had the shortest lunch break ever as the weather was not good, and descended back into Pantmaenog, passing the old Rosebush quarry and the lake on the way back. The lake is a hidden gem that most of the group had not seen before. The walk was 8.75 miles, and was rewarded with refreshments in Tafarn Sinc, a well known local pub that is now run by the local community.

Text and images by Gillian Phillips



Preseli hills walk with Davey

The weather forecast wasn't great on Saturday 10 November for the planned walk on the Preseli Hills, but it was better than the previous few days which had been near constant torrential rain leaving the whole of west Wales pretty much water logged. 9 walkers met in the light drizzle at the large parking area in front of the William Waldo memorial. All donned in suitable protective outerwear.

The walk headed through Mynachlogddu and up the first track that goes up the hill to Carn Meini. After the gate, where farmland meets moorland, we headed (waded) across the boggy moor to meet up with the lower section of the 'River of Stone' The river of stone is a natural feature. It is a long rocky ribbon that 'flows' down the flat valley from Carn Meini rocks. Along its length are standing stones and perhaps a collapsed burial cairn. We followed animal tracks, alongside the river, to crest the ridge. At the top was the Carn Meini burial chamber.

Despite the predictions, the sun came out and it was pleasant walking conditions. Underfoot was another story. The Preseli ridge was completely waterlogged and the walk became more of of a paddle, as it became difficult to find anything resembling dry land. The ridge path led us the Bedd Arthur stone circle (which is more rugby ball shaped than circular) and then over the top of the hill. We left the ridge at the 4 mile point and headed down to get out of the wind. We had lunch once we found some relatively dry rocks.

After lunch it was a quick descent down to the road. Here we turned left and right down the track to Adsofl-Wen. After a few fields we crossed into Gors Fawr moor and had to navigate more deep puddles and bog before eventually making our way up to the lane via Blaen Dyffryn. It was a brief respite as we soon entered the moor again to visit Gors Fawr stone circle and the two standing stones next to it locally called the 'Wishing Stones'. A further 1/2 mile of bog trotting and heather bashing led us back to the car park and for the second consecutive week, Tafarn Zinc received our custom.

Text by Davey and Photo's by John Reeves